The Faculty arranges three Faculty Excursions each year to different parts of NSW. It is part of the Professional Experience requirements for students to take part in at least one NSW excursion prior to graduation and we encourage students to do so in first or second year.
Each excursion is arranged to give students direct contact with a wide range of people, environments and enterprises. We visit farming, grazing, horticultural and intensive animal production enterprises as well as research, industrial and natural resource management organisations and rural service providers. Each host has something unique to offer, and students work in groups to develop a theme based on what they see and hear, then reflect on how each visit helps them further develop it. Excursion themes can then become part of a student’s Professional Experience portfolio.
Excursions are also a great way to meet and get to know staff and other students in the Faculty. In addition to the visits, there is ample opportunity for fun. The Faculty arranges all local transport, food and accommodation. Students are charged a modest fee of $350-$400 per student to cover some of the cost of the excursion.
Northern NSW Excursion
This trip leaves Sydney during O-week in late February or early March. We travel up the North Coast looking at fisheries and dairying with an overnight stay in Kempsey. After some time understanding the management of the northern rivers and exploring the rainforest, we go inland to the Northern Tablelands to see glasshouse horticulture and after a night in Armidale visit some grazing properties and an animal research facility. We then make Tamworth our base for two nights while we travel into the Liverpool Plains to see intensive animal production and broad-acre agriculture mixed with some wildlife management. We then head for home through the Hunter Valley where we visit a vineyard and winery before returning to Sydney.
Central NSW Excursion
This excursion runs for 4 days in the week after Easter from Tuesday to Friday and is an excellent opportunity to see the Macquarie Valley and the Central West of NSW. We travel up through Lithgow and the Central Tablelands looking at a grazing enterprise and some natural resource management issues. We make Dubbo our base for 3 nights while we explore the central western plains looking at the Western Plains Zoo and a number of agricultural enterprises, including one at the forefront of the regenerative agriculture movement. We cover a range of industries as well as the impact of those industries on the environment, particularly the Grassy Box Woodlands, an endangered ecological community, and the work of innovative landholders to integrate production with conservation. One of these is a family who run an innovative, integrated business based around viticulture.
Southern NSW Excursion
This 5 day excursion takes place in the last week of September each year in the mid semester break. The trip starts in Sydney, runs through the Southern Highlands to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area before heading south to the Victorian Border. Along the Murray River we look at water management as well as examples of the extensive range of enterprises and interests farmers in southern NSW can develop, such as sheep, Alpacas, grain farming, Landcare, Aquaculture, beef feedlots and growing, processing and marketing rice and citrus. Prime lambs, poultry and eggs, modern irrigation techniques, stud merinos, potatoes, hay for export, dairying, viticulture, advanced AI for cattle and sheep and lupins for sustainable production have all been included in recent trips. We stay in towns such as Yass, Wagga Wagga, Yanco, Griffith or Albury before returning to Sydney.